WHAT I EAT & WHY
I get a lot of emails and message asking me what I eat in a day and how strict am I when it comes to a vegan raw food diet. I thought I’d take the time to write about my current lifestyle and eating habits and share what is working for me on an energy and fitness level. I started radiantly raw and eating a raw diet because I wanted to feel good. That’s why we do most things…to feel good. For a long time eating raw vegan worked for me…and then some things changed…
Food is such an interesting topic. It’s what brings us together, it can defines cultures, it sparks conversation, it can cause arguments, it can heal and it can harm. We learn from our family and close friends how and what to eat. We nurture with food and we also band-aid with food. Food seems to have so much power over our lives! I believe that each person must find their own perfect diet, we are all unique, there is not a perfect diet out there that will fit each of us like a glove. It’s important to use your good sense and instincts when it comes to finding a way of eating that fits your body and lifestyle.
Let me say that I’m still advocate and huge believer in the power and healing of raw foods, but I don’t think that the diet is right for everyone, and not all the time. I think there is a time and a place for a 100% raw food diet, maybe that time for you is now…I honor your experience and instincts. I’m a big supporter of eating a plant-based dominate diet, what I don’t support is obsessive dogmatic eating. My philosophy is to eat REAL food. No processed junk, if it has an ingredients list, ditch it! I feel strongly that if you stick to this no processed diet with lots of veggies, low sugar fruits, nuts, seeds, superfoods and some organic pasture raised meats (if you choose to), you will be healthy, strong and energized.
“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ~William Londen
There was a time when I was 100% raw vegan. I ate this way at first for energy, the glow and to maintain my weight. I loved it for that 2 years that I did it; It worked for me then. When I became pregnant with my first son Henry, I made some changes to my diet based on what I intuitively felt my body and baby needed, I had been feeling like I needed an adjustment in my diet for a little while and being pregnant was a good time to make the change. I choose to stray from a raw vegan diet and introduced organic pasture eggs, a small amount of organic pastured chicken and some wild fish. I listened to my body the whole pregnancy and felt very healthy and strong. I ate a predominately plant-based diet with the exception of the above listed. Lots of greens, low sugar fruits, green juices, whole grains, nuts, seeds…It was for me, the perfect pregnancy diet. I had a healthy boy and felt so good after he was born. I’ve adapted my pregnancy diet now that I’m breastfeeding and 4 months postpartum (I also did 3 weeks of raw after pregnancy to help get my body gently cleansed and ready for the next chapter, please consult your doctor before doing any kind of cleanse while breastfeeding). Below I share what a typical day looks like for me at this point. Again, this is what works for MY BODY, for MY MAKE UP, I don’t suggest you follow any diet, I suggest you follow your body’s lead and eat what makes you feel GOOD!
Green juice with celery, cucumber, fennel, lime, spinach, jalapeño and green apple
1/4 cup raw goat kefir or coconut oil
Yerba mate tea
Hand full of soaked and dehydrated almonds
Carrots with raw tahini
Big green salad filled with all my favorite veggies, nuts and seeds
Tablespoon of hemp butter or hemp seeds
Another green juice if I’m feeling up to juicing or a homemade cacao and almond milk treat
Some kind of squash, or sweet potato, large green salad with tons of veggies, organic pasture raised chicken or wild coho salmon
*I only eat meat 1 to2 times a week. Never red meat or pork and never anything packaged. When I don’t eat meat, I do quinoa, sweet potato, stuffed squash, steamed veggies, raw salads, raw lasagna, raw zucchini noodles with marinara…I get creative and have fun with plant-based recipes.
Raw goat milk yogurt with cinnamon
Lulus raw chocolate (once in a while!)
*I take enzymes with each meal as well as a probiotic. I drink a lot of water throughout the day
What I don’t eat:
- Red meat
- Packaged meats
- Packaged foods
- Sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup
- High sugar fruits (besides bananas, and sometimes in moderation…intuitively!)
- Dairy (besides raw goat milk and Ghee)
- Anything processed
What I’ve noticed since I added some animal products back into my life:
- Lots of energy!
- Cut my body fat (seriously trimmed up)
- No more bloating
- Low sugar cravings
- No bread cravings (these used to sneak up on me and make me crazy!)
- Peace around food
- Not snacking all day long
On Raw Food
I believe that raw food is great for cleansing and healing the body. I will use it for the rest of my life with my family and with my children. I will always support people to eat real food and cleanse and detox when necessary. I wanted to share this post with you all because it’s what is true and authentic for me to do. I started blogging to help get me on the road to good health, it would be dishonest to not share what I have found. I struggled at first adding animal products back into my diet, I struggled ethically and in a way I felt like I was a cheater…cheating on whom I’m not sure? I just felt uncomfortable. I took my time, did a lot of inner work and meditating (yes, I meditated about food) and came around and realized I should follow my own advice; eat intuitively. I’m thankful for all my experience with food and health and will continue to openly share what I eat and how it works for me! How does my websites name hold true if I’m not eating 100%? It holds true because raw foods create radiance, even if you’re not eating 100% raw. I used to think I had to be 100% raw to get the benefits, I now see that’s not true. I’m all about detoxing, juice cleansing and using the raw food diet as a tool to help reach your ultimate feel good diet.
I just want to say one more time, each individual must work their own diet out. I often use raw vegan eating as a starting place. It’s clean, it’s whole and it’s healthy. Use raw vegan eating as a base, and build out from there to find your perfect lifestyle. If you need guidance or want extra help, that’s what I do! Connect with me and I can help you navigate the crazy world of food.